Well, here we are in Wichita Falls, a nice place of 100,000 people located near the Red River about 90 miles northwest of Fort Worth. The adjustment to a new job and a new culture is definitely a challenge, but it is one that I want to take on with relish. I now work as a librarian for the Wichita Falls Public Library and am eager to learn the ins and outs of circulation, reference and acquisitions, something that I learned little of in my previous position.
The weather here is deceptively warm for this time of year from what they tell me. However, that will change in short order as a storm is coming in tonight. We did our first explorations of the surrounding area since we settle down by going to Fort Richardson near Jacksboro and Lake Arrowhead which is south of town. There is a lot of history here and it is good that I love subjects like the Old West and the history of Native Americans. We hope to explore more soon, but with the weather being cold, it might take us a while to do extensive traveling.
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!!
Life became a bit rougher five months ago when the Library Director at my former employ was with the HR person and told me that I was being let go due to the restructuring of the library by the Secretary of State. It was at the height of summer when I was released and I realized that I needed to find work. I could not be content with just looking for work locally, so I sent applications to various locations from California all the way up to Lincoln, Nebraska. There were many close calls but the positions that I interviewed for were given to other candidates.
It is by great Providence that I have found work at the Wichita Falls Public Library in Texas and the position gives me a chance to do collection development, reference work and cataloging and hopefully the work will give me a chance to shine. The move will be difficult as I am uprooting my family after being in Arizona for eight years. I love Arizona with its scenery and its people, but I knew that I had to support my family, so off to Texas we go. I hope that I can find a good church home and that the small-town atmosphere will be a benefit to my wife and son.